A new study has revealed that on average, young gay men have their first intercourse a year earlier than straight people.
The study published in the Journal of Sexuality Research highlights the disparities between straight guys and gay men when it comes to their first time.
Based on the study the first penetration arrives on average at the age of 16 for young gay men, against 17 years for straight people.
The report found that 19 per cent of participants had their first sexual experience before the age of 13.
The researchers at Rutgers University in the US who conducted the study also found that same-sex sexual encounters first happen, on average, at 14.5 years.
According to the researchers, providers working with young gay men of all ages should also consider beginning routine testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases at earlier ages than previously indicated, particularly among youth of colour.
“Our results suggest that health care providers can play an active role in mitigating sexual and health behaviours that are associated with the early onset of same-sex sexual behaviours; to date, the medical profession is ill-equipped to address the needs of LGBTQ+ people,” said Perry N. Halkitis, Dean of the Rutgers School of Public Health.